That middle tattoo was pretty much a direct consequence of me never making my mind up - had been wanting more tattoos for years after the first two (got those while living in the UK). I never found anyone local I liked enough, then gave up on the search and ended up having it done on a whim while on holiday (never a good plan when you haven't done your homework on the artist). I guess it's not really one of the worst tattoos ever, but he managed to screw it up plenty considering he had a good, ready image to work from (it's too small even though I specifically asked him to make it big enough to age well, so it'll probably end up a nice black blob in a few years, and then there's the arm he forgot to add, etc). BUT that tattoo is what pushed me "over the edge" to actively look for a good tattooer again, so I have no regrets. Just got to add more so no one will notice lol.
I've loved Queen since I was about 7, and actually three of my tattoos are somehow related to them (firefly, oopsie & Freddie obviously), not promising there won't be more ;). It's an obsession :D.
Now to get back on track and stop hijacking your thread, it certainly sounds counterintuitive to do the consultation that far ahead of your actual appointment. Although I guess they need to do it before taking your deposit to ensure your plan is feasible & you're aware of what can be achieved within your requirements (space, style, budget). I can't imagine the tattoo artist retaining much info from the consultation a year before the actual appointment though.
(@polliwog I've been planning to watch some of the interviews for ages so maybe I finally should. There are quite a few interesting studios/artists elsewhere in Italy, and I'm definitely keeping the option of a nice long weekend in the north in the back of my mind should I get the opportunity, just that there always seems to be other priorities to sort out first)